Georgia Governor Kemp Didn’t Know Asymptomatic People Could Transmit COVID-19

Georgia Governor Kemp Didn’t Know Asymptomatic People Could Transmit COVID-19 April 2, 2020

Astonishing Intellectual Incompetence: In a bizarre twist Georgia Governor Brian Kemp claims he didn’t know asymptomatic people could transmit the COVID-19 virus.

Newsweek reports:

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said he wasn’t aware that asymptomatic people could transmit coronavirus as he announced he was preparing to issue a state-wide shelter-in-place order.

MSN News reports:

After resisting a statewide stay-at-home order for days, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) succumbed to the pressure and issued one on Wednesday. Part of the reason, he said, was that he had just learned some new information.

Kemp said he was “finding out that this virus is now transmitting before people see signs.”

Kemp’s claim that he didn’t know that asymptomatic people (individuals not showing any symptoms) could transmit the virus is hard to believe. Either he is being dishonest in a lame attempt to cover for his negligence in waiting so long to issue a state-wide shelter-in-place order, or the guy is a complete moron.

It’s probably a little bit of both.

Announcing the better-late-than-never state-wide shelter-in-place order for the state, Kemp said:

The reason I’m taking this action, like I’ve continued to tell people, I’m following the data, I’m following the advice of Dr. [Kathleen] Toomey.

Finding out that this virus is now transmitting before people see signs, so what we’ve been telling people from directives from the CDC for weeks now that if you start feeling bad, stay home… those individuals could’ve been infecting people before they ever felt bad. But we didn’t know that until the last 24 hours. And as Dr. Toomey told me, this is a game changer for us.

Kemp’s claim is ridiculous and false. Everybody knew in January that the virus could be transmitted by asymptomatic people. This fact was common knowledge, and available to anyone paying attention to the unfolding coronavirus crisis.

For example, back in January, Anthony S. Fauci, a lead member of the White House coronavirus task force, was talking about asymptomatic transmission. At a Jan. 31 task force briefing Fauci said:

You know that in the beginning, we were not sure if there were asymptomatic infection, which would make it a much broader outbreak than what we’re saying here; now we know for sure that there are. It was not clear whether an asymptomatic person could transmit it to someone while they were asymptomatic. Now, we know from a recent report from Germany that that is absolutely the case.

As one might imagine, individuals condemned Kemp’s profound negligence and complete incompetence:

Bottom line: Demonstrating an astonishing intellectual incompetence, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp claims he didn’t know asymptomatic people could transmit the COVID-19.

The stupid, it burns.

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